Misc Web Creation Information Sites
The following are links to a few of the billions of internet sites that
will provide information on how to create a web page. Some of these sites
should be considered the the main authoritys since they represent THE
standards organization in their areas. MORE
So You Want to Make A Web Page!
Netscape 216 Color Chart
Top Fifteen Mistakes of First Time Web Designers
Top Ten Ways to Tell if You Have A Sucky Home Page
Sucky to Savvy
Web Pages that Suck
World Wide Web Consortium
Web Site Garage
Star Nine's Tutorial and Learning Guide
Guides to Writing Html Documents
Advanced Web Topics
23 Sites with Detailed info. for the HTML Developer
Web Server Benchmark
Smartest Person On the Web
Jakob Neilsen's Alertbox
Yahoo's Guide To Page Design
Ziff-Davis Web Users Supersite
NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) Webmaster Group
Uwe's Making Yourself Html Pages
Web Interoperbility Pledge
A Few Web Page Editors
MS Notepad !! My main editor.
HTML Validator Programs
WWWC Validator Service
WS_FTP: FTP Client for Windows Alternate Site
Some Sites that host Free Web pages
Tri-Cities LOCAL ISPs
www.xtn.net East Tennessee Net
Creating pages at East Tennessee Net
www.intermediatn.net Intermedia Cable
www.mounet.com Mountain Net
www.naxs.com Net Access
Creating Web Pages at Net Access
www.preferred.com Preferred Net
Creating Web Pages at Preferred Internet
www.tricon.net Tri-Cities Connection
Creating Web Pages at Tricon
www.usit.net US Internet
Creating Web Pages at US Internet
Misc Internet Applications
Misc Reference Sites
If your object in creating a web page is mainly just playing around
to see if you can create a simple page, or the most fantastic page that
includes all the bells and whistles you have seen elsewhere, but with no
particular focus or purpose for your page, then feel free to use any tools,
format, or browser and include any gee-haw wizzy cool thing, music,
video, etc. that trips your trigger. Your main object is to please yourself.
HOWEVER, if your object is to create a useful site that users will want
to bookmark and return to because it has something they need, then you
will need to consider many things when designing your site. The above
sources go into much better detail than I ever could, but I will try to
outline some of the main points I think are worth considering here:
- Content is King.
- Stick to a Theme. Don't create a smorgasbord site.
- You may only have one shot to make a good impression and prove your
site is worth coming back to.
- Make it OBVIOUS to get around your site (and back out).
- Make it readable! No matter how nice that background is by itself, way
TOO many of the web pages out there have large amounts of text in front of a
background that makes it too hard to read.
- Don't exclude large amounts of users. If we were to follow this "rule"
strictly then all web information would be formatted to the lowest common
denominator and be in basic text format so that EVERY web user could view
it. Doing this obviously would exclude much of the power of the web and
we would all loose. If your page is aimed at users that should be expected
to have a minimum hardware or software platform (ie: graphic artist or
musicians) then it would be logical to assume some minimum capabilities.
If your page has special requirements, at LEAST inform the users, and link to
where they can get more information or the necessary software.
To UNNECCESSARILY create pages that are unviewable or
not viewable as intended by a large percentage of your target audience
without requiring users to upgrade or add plug-ins is not only rude but foolish.
- People are impatient. With relatively instantaneous access to information,
internet users will not wait forever for your pages to load. It doesn't matter how
nice your page looks- if users just give give up, they will never see it.
Consider how long YOU wait for other site pages to load before aborting and going
elsewhere. 10 seconds? 20-30?
That AOL or ISP user with a 14.4 or 28.8 bps modem probably won't wait TOO long
for that fancy graphic or sound to load. Is it neccessary? Expecially don't load large
graphic files on your main pages.
- Stick to the Standards. That way everyone will have a better shot at
seeing things as you intended. If you HAVE to use non-standard features consider
placing them on optional pages that users are warned about.
- Most surfers are clueless about upgrading their hardware and
software to make it meet your special requirements, even if it is just
a "simple", free, plug-in off the Net. Plus, they may be using a machine
that is not theirs to modify.
last updated November 23, 1999